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Lawyers rap reversal of case vs Fabian Ver, Panfilo Lacson

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Panfilo Lacson, former head of the Philippine National Police, worked at the notorious Metropolitan Command Intelligence and Security Group from 1971 until the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

A lawyers’ group on Saturday assailed a Supreme Court decision reversing a lower court’s award of damages to alleged torture victims of the late General Fabian Ver, then Lieutenant Colonel Panfilo Lacson and other ex-Marcos military officers.

The high court recently upheld a 2003 Court of Appeals ruling reversing the Quezon City Regional Trial Court’s finding that Ver, Lacson (now a senator) and others should pay damages to suspected subversives they had allegedly arrested and tortured. It said the RTC’s decision lacked “procedural due process.”

The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) said it was “appalled”  by the Supreme Court ruling that put a premium on technicalities, adding that this was “a setback for all human rights victims who have been fighting for justice.”

In bad faith

NUPL secretary general Edre Olalia denounced the decision for “anchoring merely on the technicalities of procedure … devoid of any social context that has often aided in the perpetuation of impunity.” He said the latest decision “fails to appreciate the peculiar circumstances with which the victims brought their legitimate grievances to court.”

Olalia added that the respondents “may have been in bad faith when they deliberately failed to show up at the proceedings.”

But the Supreme Court said that Lacson and Ver, together with Colonels Fidel Singson, Rolando Abadilla, Gerardo Lantoria and Galileo Kintanar, Major Rodolfo Aguinaldo, First Lieutenant Pedro Tango and Master Sergeant Bienvenido Balaba, were deprived of due process when they were ordered to pay damages without a chance to air their side.

Lacson, former head of the Philippine National Police, worked at the notorious Metropolitan Command Intelligence and Security Group from 1971 until the fall of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.

The petitioners—Rogelio Aberca, Rodolfo Benosa, Nestor Bodino, Noel Etabag, Danilo de la Fuente and 14 others—said they were victims of illegal searches and seizures by the military’s intelligence units in 1982.

The appellate court had ruled that the petitioners had failed to follow the RTC’s 1990 order that they report the addresses of the respondents for proper notification.

Case dismissed and reversed

The lower court dismissed the case, but reversed it a year later, allowing the petitioners to serve the notice on Lacson and his coaccused by publishing it in a national daily.

Lacson and the other living respondents failed to answer the complaint for damages and were declared in default, allowing the petitioners to submit evidence.

Ruling on the available evidence, the court ordered the respondents to pay the petitioners P350,000 each in damages.

The case was elevated to the Court of Appeals.

The case dragged on for almost three decades.

Olalia lamented that the victims spent a considerable amount of time and resources “so that no one may violate their rights with impunity only to bang into a wall of technicalities.”


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  • pedronimo

    Nothing new . Pinas justice sucks.

  • kulittwit

    Reform is definitely needed in the supreme court.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JQBHSHS22G65Z6V5Z64XBRCIZQ simon

    the bible is telling us,,, teachers of the law are HYPOCRITES. CLEAN IN THE OUTSIDE BUT INSIDE IS FULL OF GREED AND DECEITS.  ang tanong may pagbabago ba? 2000 years ago issue na ni Jesus Christ iyan sa mga nagmamalinis, nagmamarunong at mapagbalatkayo na tagapagturo (daw) ng batas. 

  • 1ncorruptus

    Hindi ko alam na nag-serve din pala si Senator Lacson sa rehimeng Marcos.  Nakapagtataka naman na ngayon pa na kung kailan may impeachment proceedings against CJ Corona ay saka naglalabasan ang mga Supreme Court decisions at pabor pa sa mga senator-judges na may pending cases sa SC.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/IMVVAVGYORRXVH27G3GOIR5YXE dominguez

      Exactly what I have been saying sir. Decades old cases are being ruled suddenly one after the other by the embattled Supreme Court in an effort to spite the incumbent administration and not anyone among us can do anything about it. Bad as it may imply to the poorest of the poor, others are still belaboring the point and take the side of these justices as if their future aspirations in the realm of politics are all anchored on it.

  • JK1000

    What do you expect when the whole justice system of the Country is so corrupt that includes the highest court of the land.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AU7ZNO6JSCM6HTAZBQR6HGS444 Victoriano

    no choice but join the N…, wala ng maasahan tulad nating mga api at walang pera pangtostos sa labanan ng mga kaso so korete, join na lang tayo … baka doon may hustisya pa… at sana

  • UrHONOR

    BATA ni ABADILLA yang si LACSON.  SI ABADILLA ang taga kalabit ng gatilyo ni Makikoy at si Lacson naman ang taga-hawak ng boga sa mga liniligpit nilang kumokontra sa gusto ni Maki at ni Melkikay.  Matagal ng dapat na-iligpit yang taga hawak, kaya lang madulas pa sa palos…..malalim at malawak ang network.  Yong taga-kalabit suma-ilalim na sa lupang hinirang.

    REFORMATION does not start with anyone else but with ONESELF.  It is very easy and convenient to demand and expect changes while one’s in the comfort of his rocking chair.  But if tasked to do something to reform something that’s needed for the good of the country…..parang mga ahas yang gagapang palabas ng lungga at tititigan ang IBA.  ”Kayo ang magbago….huwag na ninyo akong paki-alamanan.  Kayo ang masama, hindi ako.  Ang kinukupit ko ay libo-libo lamang, hindi milyon-milyon”.  Tapos, biglang hihirit ng, “Ay, KAWAWA naman ang bayan kong magiliw…..kailan kaya ito magbabago?”

    • JK1000

      Kaya pala ganun ang style ni Lacson , eh nagmana sa isang berdugo ng Bayan nung panahon ng Diktador Marcos na si Abadilla.

  • Garote

    Will we allow our SC to decide cases this way, where it has totally disregarded the evidence and substantive laws involved? Using technicalities, the SC can dismiss any case it wants, technicalities is no different from “nitpicking” or “fault-finding.” It defeats the very purpose why we have laws passed by congress which have to undergo discussions, interpolations and debates. All these would go to waste when mere technicalities could just frustrate our laws from being implemented. These procedural technicalities are promulgated only by the SC. It seems it has decided this case based on what the justices would like the decision to be and not what the law says it should be. Our SC seems to have the unbridled license to legalize whatever illegal acts that have been committed – by its mere decision. It’s wrong to say that the SC, as the final interpreter of the law, when it renders a decision cannot anymore be questioned. Does this include decisions that are “patently illegal” like sending all the Filipinos to the gas chamber? Like this case of Ver et. al., when it is devoid of merit and evidence? We cannot claim we are in a democratic country that adheres to law and justice when we have this kind of SC writing the decisions?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    Was not yet in the planet during Martial Law but makes me think that Lacson must vote for conviction and not for acquittal in the impeachment,…..or else.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    With the SC ruling favoring Lacson, he might vote for Corona’s acquittal. 

  • varmint

    Nothing comes as a surprise with the Justice system in tatters.

  • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php Rorschach

    Bukas iyan may magpapasa na ng batas na “Ver as National Hero” or “Ver, patron of the Poor”.

    Occupy P. Faura… Ipako sa krus yung mga Injustices sa supreme court.

    Napansin ko lang bakit wala si gregory sa listahan.

  • Mattino2011

    Why does this guy get away with almost everthing?

  • bagombong

    ang hindi maintindihan ay hangga ngayon ay yun pa rin panahon ni Marcos ang laging binabalikan ng mga ito, ilang dekada na ang nakalipas, ang Vietnam, yun giyera na naganap noon ay tapos sa kasaysayan nila…ang inaatupad na nila ay kung ano na sila ngayon…sa aitn , si Marcos pa rin, samantang ang dami ng naganap na mas masahol pa noon panahon ni Marcos..dapat na bigyan pansin ay yung  pag-uumpisa ng 2000 na  para ayusin niyo na ang pagsasatupad ng may bakal na kamay ang mga batas, patay na Ver, hangga ngayon Marcos pa rin ang may sala…buwisit kayo…

  • randyaltarejos

    Before one looks forward, he must first look back. Ito kasi ang giya doon sa yung paroroonan. If they won’t look back to the Marcos years, what then is the purpose of today’s democracy in the country?

  • http://www.facebook.com/isidro.valencia Isidro Valencia

    With that latest SC decision, Lacson is now for acquittal?

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    There is conflict of interest in the ongoing impeachment trial in my opinion at least a couple of  these most recent decision by the SC. I think the House can deem these decisions invalid by enacting a resolution.

  • tarikan

    Court of Appeals, Supreme Court same family of animals. Ganun talaga ang kalakalan diyan. Kayang-kaya gapangin ni Pink Lacson if the price is right.  

  • kilabot

    di nyo kaya si pinky lacson. kasama yata yan sa kkk ni pnoy. naka lineup nga yan na papalit kay robredo sa dilg next year. congrats pinky! you are a real survivor and the first among all fugitives. more power to noynoy capone’s gang!

  • BatangSingapore

    Bale wala na ngayon ang mga desisyon ng korte mapa supreme o regional.  Hindi na sinusunod yan kasi nagaya na ang mamayan sa ginawa ng Abnoy na Pangulo at ng DOJ secretary na si De Lima.

    More fun in the pilipins.

    • popeyee

      That’s correct. Look at what the STC did to the TRO given by the Cebu court…

  • pulis

    Kapalit yan sa no vote ni Pinky Lacson sa impeachment ni Corona…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       me botohan na ba? pano if yes ang vote ni lacson? babawiin mo ba sinabi mo? wait ka muna saka ka magpost if meron na nga

  • OlliuQ

    During the presidency of Ramon Magsaysay promised that “those who have less in life should have more in law” but now justice system tells another. Ordinary people without any connection or resources to hire competent lawyers would not gain justice or even acused can prolong the indictment to a lifetime. Look at the impeachment… technicalities, objection and TRO can be raise just to suppress the truth or avoid the full implementation of fairness. Where are Palparan and Reyes Brother… still at large. Sad reality.

  • EdgarEdgar

    Hmmm . . . justice may not always prevail in this world, but karmic retribution does. Cold comfort for the victims, but karma never fails. Just a matter of time.

    • maria_t11

      Yes dear edgar2 justice always prevail, and Karma too…kaya alam namin may plano ang grupo mi Thief Justice, na utos nila fg at Gma? Ano man yun they will mot prevail!
      Dahil ang masama damo katulad ni midnite TJ-Corona at kagrupo di mananaig sa Madumi nilang PLANO! God Bless Our Country sa sobrang Kasamaan ng mga Politiko sa aming Bansa, Kunin mo ng lahat ang nagpapabigat. Sa aming Inang. Bansa na naghihitap na at dumarami na ang Kasamaan at patayan, sa araw. Araw.

      • EdgarEdgar

        mary, thank you for reading my post. you can rest assured that i will relay your message to the individuals concerned. just to manage your expectations, none of what you wish will ever come true. for bad karma only goes after bad people. good karma allows good people to enjoy their time in landscaping and other leisurely activities. leisurely activities also include enjoying the blue sea fronting a daughter’s house. i wish you all the best in this lenten season. may you have a holy week. and time to let go of your hatred of the arroyos and coronas. it’s time for our nation to heal.

  • http://twitter.com/gwenth35 Gwenth

    This is why Panot wants to impeach CJ Corona by hook or by crook so that he will have the total control of the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the Court of Appeals and all the courts of courts who then can manipulate the outcome of cases involving his pigs. Philippine Justice system has gotten so worst with Panot. no wonder most people nowadays take justice into their own hands. have you not noticed killers are usually on motorcycles riding in tandem, these are what they call “killers for hire”

    • scorpio15

      “Have you not noticed killers are usually on motorcycles riding in tandem, these are what they call “killers for hire”
      Matagal na ito Igan at ngayon mo lang nalaman??? Dahil ba sa Presidente na naman?????? Presidente na ba ngayon ang gumagawa ng lahat na desisyon sa Philippine Justice???

      • AllaMo

        ver, lacson, nor palparan have not needed to ride in tandem to rub out their masters’ political enemies. Still, it might go a long way, in preventing more kills, if riding in tandem is banned altogether.

    • kolambogan

      Do you really believe what you are saying? The Philippine Courts and Justice System turning for the worst because of P’NOY? Truly what a spin master you are. 

  • JasminCubacub

    GGO tlga mga lawyers na yan.. they said that SC reversed the RTC decision? They don’t know that the SC affirmed the CA reversing the RTC decision? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    pakulo yan ng SC to show support to Lacson and Bongbong least they can count two votes to acquit corona, akala ng 9 injustices of corona court ganon lang si Lacson kuha na agad ang boto it is not easy to bend Lacson knee on just a show up decisions.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       tumpak ka dyan

  • goldilock

    Revise the constitution. Have all supreme court judges be selected national election. These fixes your “utang na loob” = a form of corruption by the appointing politicians. Make more laws. Junk politicians who have no bill of their own after 1 year in office.

    • indiosbravos2002

      I dont think it will solve the problem.  Justices if selected  via election will be no better than politicians.  Remove the power of the president to appoint the SC.  I think that will leave the SC justice free from any sense of political indebtedness.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MZOKC6X7Q52Z4E5VLYNB7GF72Y Kaloy

    Best if someone get the Justices who made this decision. Hope this decision not related to the Impeachment teial for corona to get at least 2 votes for acquittal.

  • wawa2172

    The decision of the court will not pleased everyone. The case against Ver, Lacson and others had been languishing a long time ago. None could be faulted except and what the SC did was just to affirmed the earlier decision of the CA. Technicalities is a painful way of losing a case and the victim could just sulked in the corner and cry in disgust but that’s how our law goes. The lawmakers made sure that the law would have a way out in case they will be involved in whatever crime. Ver, Lacson and company could hurt people because they know that the law is too weak for them to be convicted or imprisoned if they violate the rights of an ordinary citizen. It is for this reason the they could torture or kill anybody with impunity because the existing laws cannot pin them down. Even the case of Dacer-Corbito case, Lacson is able to escape from the law by cleverly manipulating the weaknesses of the law and if not waited for better political admin that would help him out. Thus the case of Dacer and Corbito against Lacson will not prosper as long as he is a prime K of Noy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    Bakit di na pwede mag comment about Coco Levy sa kabilang article.

    • Diablo_III

      Wala na kasing coconut. Ubos na…

      • indiosbravos2002

        nice!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

        OO nga kinain ni noy. kaya sya naging nuts…

      • kolambogan

        irrelevant

    • adam_d_ant

      bugbog na sarado si retard sa mga comments   …. nag request na si lacerda na tama na  … 

      dito ngayon lahat naka focus ang mga suholan ni carandang   .. dapat mag produce o bawiin ang apple ..dapat ibunton ke corona ang decision ng korte suprema  … iisa lang kasi ang judge sa korte ..

      at ang mga bobo at retarded na “supoters” ni simeon nagsusumigaw na bakit daw pabor ke lacson ang decision ng korte … nakalimutan na nga unggoy na dinalhan lang ni lacson ng chicharon si retard eh welcome na welcome na sa palasyo …

      pag pasensyahan mo na ang mga naka salamin ng dilaw … sira na ulo ng mga ‘yan kaya ang reasoning wala ng katorya-torya …

      ang mga nauuto talaga ni budoy … ngeee  …

  • aldhins

    wala naman naparusahan sa mga nag abuso noong martial mayron ba?

  • TGM_ERICK

    During martial law there might  had been a lot of victims and they were given redress but not all.  Th war between the  left  and the right then was complicated that we who were not privy to it could just rely on the court verdict.  If the highest court said so with finality so be it.  God will eventually give the real final decision. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

      Prove first that there is god, and then it will make sense to say he or she or it will “give the final real decision”, whatever that may be.

      But whatever the circumstances, the Highest Court should have the decency and conscience in administering justice and not simply decide on technicalities. The court should be accountable to the people.

      Those who suspected that this recent SC action is a political move to please Lacson and Marcos to court their votes in acquitting Corona may have some valid points. 

      • TGM_ERICK

        Faith in God is enough proof of God’s existence. To the unbelievers seeing is believing. There is no point in arguing here. Please spare me that.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/IMVVAVGYORRXVH27G3GOIR5YXE dominguez

        The fact that you and I have this perfect body configuration inside us like the organs and the various human systems all working in consonance with each other suggests a higher form of intellect that put them there in the first place. The constellation and the perfect planetary movements in our galaxy suggests that it was designed by a powerful force that computed since time the orbit and oscillation that these planets should make in order to avoid collision. These are just two examples that a divine creature exists that science will be having a hard time explaining. Systems are hard to put side by side with evolution as what Charles Darwin theorized.

         But I like your perception on the accountability of the courts to the people because the court as per my principle, is only brought about by the necessity of striking a balance amongst men and not shackling men to its bondage. It is really time for us to make a stand. May we be always enlightened.

    • AllaMo

      Unfortunately, your highest court has shown an appalling penchant for turning black into white, wrong into right, and, final rulings revocable. Indeed, God may give the final decision. But, God also tends to help those that help themselves,

      Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us to help the country get back to a righteous footing. And, fight the good fight against the corrupt, that have helped themselves to the wealth and common good of all.

      • TGM_ERICK

        But who are we as people to decide on our own? That is why we have the courts of law which are mandated to try cases on behalf of the people. In a trial the offense is always against the people of the Republic of the Philippines. I am helping the country to get back at its footing by seeing to it that tho who are chosen to work in the government do their jobs as required by the offices they hold and seeing to it that justice is dispensed with fairness to all friends and foes alike. The people who are principally involved like the accused and the accusers do not know me personally, nevertheless i give much interest to what is going on for whatever the outcome is will indirectly affect us and me.

  • http://twitter.com/gerard_can can ger

    Why Lacson is always off the hook? It shows that our law system is defective.

  • indiosbravos2002

    The SC has been publishing “questionable” decisions left and right recently.  Its a good thing that Corona was impeached and now every  SC decisions is under the microscope of  the media.  I wonder how many similar anomalous decisions were made since Corona became SC Chief.  I just can’t help think that the SC, with its honorable justices,  has become the court of last resort for INJUSTICE for some time now.

    • Diablo_III

      Sana bitawan na ni Mr. Crown and crown niya as Thief Justice. 

  • JK1000

    The real tragic of the Marcos imposition of the bloodthirsty Martial Law was not a single person is punish for their crimes against the filipino people. Thousands had been tortured, salvaged, kidnapped, imprison, disappeared with out any traces just because they stood up against the Marcos Dictatorship. WORST ! Some of these criminals are now back,  one is leading the Senate of the Philippines. The NO SHAME Marcos family and their cronies are enjoying so much freedom where it seems NOTHING HAPPENS, the very freedom they took away from the filipino people for so many years.

  • JK1000

    IT’S FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES !  Because we have the worst batch of senators, and the worst supreme court…too much corruption .

  • beerhunters

    See? Ping is now the most feared senator by his colleagues  and even by Pnoy himself  because of his knowledge of information that could be used to blackmail them. He possess that pile of information since his stay as head of the MISG during the martial law years.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TVUT7G6UCDC5DCL3XXFNCOAV6U Montse

    Can we not just move on? If we start digging the skeletons in every closet there are so numerous perhaps and it will take a century, but let’s face the reality now, what is the immediate need of the people?

    • romfagen

      ask yourself if you were on the end side of that injustice, would it be easy for you  to move on?

      the government of the people can multi task. there is an agency/people tasked to oversee and answer the immediate need of the people; as there is also people/agency tasked to oversee, go after and work for justice.

      • isaiditonlynow

        unfortunately, it’s very obvious they aren’t multitasking. 

    • AllaMo

      No. Without justice, there is no just moving on.

      The Philippines (people and nation) is still right where it was when the marcos coterie was saved by the Americans; Corrupted. Divided. Without a sense of nationhood and justice. Or, an idea of what and how a democratic society is supposed to work. 

  • beerhunters

    for those aggreived, you can just even it out thru extra judicial means, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. Let the NPA do the job. They(NPA) collect revolutionary tax from the people and claim to be protector of the people as well as dispenser of justice, now the NPA should show the people what they claim to be!

  • AllaMo

    This is vintage coronarroyo court decision-making in action. Purely political and corrupting.

  • reyAragon

    Who’s saying Corona’s defense team doesn’t need Lacson’s vote of acquittal? Of course, it does. A “friendly” SC decision in favor of Lacson , therefore, can go a long, long way. What do you think, folks?

  • D_BystandeR

    The number of questionable decisions recently handed down left and right by the Supreme Court  under Corona points to a more urgent need for the Impeachment Court to hasten the pace of its trial. Recent SC decisions favor Marcos, Enrile, Lacson, Danding Cojuangco of SMC, to name a few. The big problem is: If the midnight CJ Corona remains “untouched and unhurt” after the trial despite the deluge of convincing evidence against him, what other remedy remains open to the public to obtain justice? I can see the great possibility that if people are brave enough to defend their ground, to fight for their right, they will turn the table against those responsible and stage the “3rd EDSA REVOLUTION” triumphantly.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AND7MQ5FERICDOIAUW56RYT45A tower_of_power

    Below is a comment I made on the other forum the other day concerning the supposed Aquino-Cojuangco deal on coco levy. Now comes the Ver/Lacson case decision. What is next? Miriam’s husband?

    Abangan!!!!

    The following are the recent decisions of the SOLDPREME COHORTS

    First, the hacienda luisita. The decision was timed just before the
    impeachment. Why? The THIEF JUSTICE can spin it in such a way that it
    will look like the impeachment is being used to
    get back at him.

    Second, the FASAP decision. This was meant to clear the THIEF JUSTICE’s participation.

    Third. The slamming of the door against admission of more evidence
    regarding the ill gotten wealth of the Marcoses.  Why? It can be viewed
    in a way that the SOLDPREME COHORTS are dealing with Bongbong … we
    give you some room, we stop further admission of evidence … give me
    your vote.

    Fourth, this coco levy decision. Now this one is meant to put the
    Aquino govt in a corner. This is meant to agitate the Filipino people
    against the Aquino govt and hope that the support for Aquino  nose
    dives. This can be spun in a variety of ways … just look at the news
    now! This is a tricky one. The Aquino  govt has to very carefully
    maneuver out of this. This can be corrected once the THIEF JUSTICE IS
    OUT and much more easier if all the gloria appointed one are likewise
    impeached.

    All the above decisions were made with the sole purpose of giving the THIEF JUSTICE some leverage in the impeachment.

    Are there anymore cases pending at the SOLDPREME COHORTS the 
    decision for which can be spun to create good image for the THIEF
    JUSTICE or bad image for PNOY?

    Watch out!!!

    • http://twitter.com/bisdak2008 bisdak2008

      Include the journalist critical of Corona on the libel case.

      • TGM_ERICK

        YOU WROTE:First, the hacienda luisita. The decision was timed just before the impeachment. Why? The THIEF JUSTICE can spin it in such a way that it will look like the impeachment is being used to get back at him.

        The decision on hacienda luisita was handed down in November and the CJ didn’t know yet that he would be impeached in December.  it is correct to conclude that the decision precipitated his impeachment.

  • enrique119

    This decision puts Senators Lacson and Marcos in a deep spot. If they vote for acquittal or abstain (which will be equivalent to acquitting because an abstention is one vote less from the 16 required to convict) then the Filipino people will see it as a quid pro quo.

    Senator Villar is also compromised as he has court cases which may reach the SC, if they are not already there. It has already been observed, Villar is almost invisible in the impeachment trial – either absenting himself or hardly speaking when he is present. He can easily claim he is not convinced of both guilt and innocence so he will abstain.

    With Miriam and Joker apparently in the bag for Corona, he only needs a few more “acquitters” or “abstainers” who are willing to ignore the public pulse.

    Enrile has already indirectly compared Corona to Jesus Christ (Jesus H. Christ!). And where Enrile goes, Honasan goes.

    If the aforementioned seven senators indeed vote to acquit or refuse to convict and abstain, Corona needs only one more (he needs eight).

    But then I fear they may reap a whirlwind, those senators and Corona’s gang in the SC.

    • reyAragon

       Your observations are unimpeachable!

  • enrique119

    This decision puts Senators Lacson and Marcos in a deep spot. If they vote for acquittal or abstain (which will be equivalent to acquitting because an abstention is one vote less from the 16 required to convict) then the Filipino people will see it as a quid pro quo.

    Senator Villar is also compromised as he has court cases which may reach the SC, if they are not already there. It has already been observed, Villar is almost invisible in the impeachment trial – either absenting himself or hardly speaking when he is present. He can easily claim he is not convinced of both guilt and innocence so he will abstain.

    With Miriam and Joker apparently in the bag for Corona, he only needs a few more “acquitters” or “abstainers” who are willing to ignore the public pulse.

    Enrile has already indirectly compared Corona to Jesus Christ (Jesus H. Christ!). And where Enrile goes, Honasan goes.

    If the aforementioned seven senators indeed vote to acquit or refuse to convict and abstain, Corona needs only one more (he needs eight).

    But then I fear they may reap a whirlwind, those senators and Corona’s gang in the SC.

  • tantra101

    well, what can I say…the oligarchs are creeping back with impunity aren’t they? Same pattern of history? So should we say “here we go again”?

    • indiots

      as the saying goes ‘history repeat itself”.

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Wala na kayang maisagot yan si Corona sa impeachment trial niya kaya ito na ang ginagawa niyang paraan para ma acquit? Kaduda duda namang sa panahon pa ng impeachment ibinababa ang mga most recent decisions na ito ng SC. Papayag kaya ang mga Pilipino na hindi na lang sila iimik dito lalo na ngayong sophisticated na ang communication sa networking? At matutulog na lang ba ang house na hindi gumawa ng resolusyon laban dito?  

    • Garote

       Is this what they call “prostituting” our judicial system?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BQ3ZZ7UKLRGHXAV7LMDSXWM5IQ Nong

      sc is a collegial body…doi say more

  • F_U_FedUp

    And this is the protection of the people for which Corona is fighting. The supreme court is a joke due to its corrupt members who currently outnumber the ones that are true to the cause of justice. You should pronounce a guilty verdict upon yourselves punishable by resignation and hanging out to shame!

  • Guest

    we should expect more of this kind of justice from the present supreme court. when it comes to big business, obscure but powerful personalities, and vice lords, the people lose. that is because millions in payoffs are involved. on issues that have no financial or material value, like constitutional questions, expect this “high” court to decide rightly. that is why impeachment shouldnt stop with corona. the other fixers and extortionists like him in the court should be “expunged”.

  • Garote

    Will we allow our SC to decide cases this way, where it has
    totally disregarded the evidence and substantive laws involved? Using
    technicalities, the SC can dismiss any case it wants, technicalities is no
    different from “nitpicking” or “fault-finding.” It defeats
    the very purpose why we have laws passed by congress which have to undergo
    discussions, interpolations and debates. All these would go to waste when mere
    technicalities could just frustrate our laws from being implemented. These
    procedural technicalities are promulgated only by the SC. It seems it has
    decided this case based on what the justices would like the decision to be and
    not what the law says it should be. Our SC seems to have the unbridled license
    to legalize whatever illegal acts that have been committed – by its mere
    decision. It’s wrong to say that the SC, as the final interpreter of the law,
    when it renders a decision cannot anymore be questioned. Does this include
    decisions that are “patently illegal” like sending all the Filipinos
    to the gas chamber? Like this case of Ver et. al., when it is devoid of merit
    and evidence? We cannot claim we are in a democratic country that adheres to l
    aw and justice when we have this kind of SC writing the decisions?

     

  • Garote

     

    Will we allow our SC to decide cases this way, where it has
    totally disregarded the evidence and substantive laws involved? Using
    technicalities, the SC can dismiss any case it wants, technicalities is no
    different from “nitpicking” or “fault-finding.” It defeats
    the very purpose why we have laws passed by congress which have to undergo
    discussions, interpolations and debates. All these would go to waste when mere
    technicalities could just frustrate our laws from being implemented. These
    procedural technicalities are promulgated only by the SC. It seems it has
    decided this case based on what the justices would like the decision to be and
    not what the law says it should be. Our SC seems to have the unbridled license
    to legalize whatever illegal acts that have been committed – by its mere
    decision. It’s wrong to say that the SC, as the final interpreter of the law,
    when it renders a decision cannot anymore be questioned. Does this include
    decisions that are “patently illegal” like sending all the Filipinos
    to the gas chamber? Like this case of Ver et. al., when it is devoid of merit
    and evidence? We cannot claim we are in a democratic country that adheres to l
    aw and justice when we have this kind of SC writing the decisions?

     

  • Garote

    Because of this decision in favor of Lacson what will his vote be in the impeachment trial? Acquittal? Let’s see.

    • http://twitter.com/alimlabixa alim labixa

      if lacson votes to acquit corona, he will do it because he knew corona is a victim of aquino’s personal vendetta and if he was cleared by the sc, the sc did it because the justices knew he and the other respondents were victims of those who hated everyone allied to President Marcos. i suggest you read the article again and get informed before posting your d u m b opinion.

      • Garote

        Please don’t pretend u r knowledgeable wen u r an idiot

      • http://twitter.com/AlimtheWrath Alim A

        weren’t you aquino’s wealthy funder who paid the person you called koala bear to rig the 2010 election where the HOCUS PCOS machines proclaimed your turd candidate the winner?

  • gener ver

    This is expected, because Corona and allies are trying to get favor from the senators to acquit him also. Corona and allies first decided in favor of cojuangco in the case of the coco levy fund. Now it is Ping Lacson.

    • http://twitter.com/alimlabixa alim labixa

      so you think the decision was done alone by corona to get lacson’s acquittal verdict for him? 

      • erisq2003

        NO. ITS MORE LIKELY THAT HE WILL ABSTAIN THE VERDICT. AND SOME OF THE SENATORS WILL ALSO DO THAT, LIKE MARCOS, EVEN VILLAR.
        AND MAYBE ENRILE. 

        WELL THATS LIFE AND IT MUST GO ON. 

  • antonioluna

    inaaso na ng husto ni cheap dog ang korte suprema, pabor sa pabor para lang not guilty ang maging hatol nga mga senatong sa asong ul*l.

  • marriondale

    Purely speculative lahat ng mga comments for imputing malice in the SC decision.  with or without this impeachent, the SC will hand over its verdict to all pending cases. again, in every decision there is a winning litigant and a losing litigant. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/J4X5RZIRHCGVSXJWSH7DEFN6WI rodger66

    it is purely a criminal case not political…mga hangal !!!

  • erisq2003

    i SMELL INHIBIT OF  THE CASE ON IMPEACHMENT. HMMM… LA LAL LA LA..  KADUDA DUDA.. 
    MINSAN  TOTOO ANG ” JUSTICE DELAYED JUSTICE DENIED” ANG TAGAL KASE ANG KASO… GANITO TALAGA ANG JUSTICE, TAGAL MAG DECIDE…. LALALALALALAL

  • LeoCalo

    Magpaliwanag ka Lacson, patong patong na ang mga complaint sa’yo!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    The sequence of events:
    1982 – the crime of arbitrary detention and torture occurred
    1990 – Regional Trial Court orders victims (complainants) to supply addresses of respondents for proper notification. With the notoriety of the respondents, who cannot identify them? Ask a cigarette vendor then during Marcos dictatorial regime and he can readily identify the torturers.
    1991 – Case dimissed by RTC
    1992 – RTC reversed itself allowing complainants to public in newspapers of national circulation to publish petition and notify respondents to answer the charges. Nothing happened. Respondents did not show up and were in DEFAULT.  RTC ordered respondents to pay 350,000 pesos each to the victims. Respondents filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals.
    2003 -  Court of Appeals decided that the RTC’s decision had erred by not following “PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS”
    2003 – Case elevated to Supreme Court for final decision
    2012 – After 30 years, the Supreme Court ruled that the complainants GET NOTHING. A slap in the face for the TORTURE VICTIMS because the lower court failed to follow certain due process?

    During the terror years of martial law under the Dictator Ferdinand Marcos, he can easily order Ping Lacson to pick up anybody and disappear after the poor guys had to be tortured black and blue. Today, we have some justices of both the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court that can rule over a case on a crime committed on defenseless people that effectively say – “You better get all facts in (such as the addresses of the torturers for proper validation) or else we will  declare your complaint as a figment of your imagination.”                                      

     

  • pulis

    Mga hangag kayong mga Pnoy! Niluluto kayo ng mga hinayupaks na yan sa sarili nyong mantika! Dapat ng magkaroon ng killing field dyan para malunasan na ang pang-aapi sa taong bayan ng mga elite families at mga intellectuals. Dapat patayin na ang mga ito at mapalitan ng bagong generation na hindi corrupt..Mabuhay si Gen. Jovit Palparan!!!

  • macross

    minsan naiisip ko ano kaya bagsakan ng nukleyar ang buong pilipinas para mabago na lahat ng pinoy…at mag karon ng bagong pilipinas….hmmmm… kaso pano naman ang pamilya ko…kaya wag na lang..hamo nalang magulo ang gobyerno natin…hmmmmp!!!

  • adam_d_ant

    daming sira ulo at bobo na nakulayan ng yellow ang paningin  …

    si lacson me kaso – murder (dacer/corbito) … nagtago at nagpalabas pa ng moro-moro kasama ni da loudmouth na kunwari kakasohan daw dahil fake ang documents …

    dumating sa palasyo – welcome ni “retard” like a conquering hero. at me dala pang pasalubong — chicharon.  nawala ang kasong murder.  nawala ang fake documents.  napawalang sala courtesy of the retard in the palace. 

    kung hindi ba naman kayo mga bobo at mas retarded kesa ke aquino, bakit tuwang-tuwa kayo ng tinaggap ni abnoy si lacson sa palasyo?  kung gagamitin para habolin si gloria, okay lang …. para bang ang korte suprema ay si corona lang ….

    madaming tao na pinahirapan ni marcos at ng kanyang mga galamay noong martial law.  hanggang ngayon madami pang nawawala na wala ng pag-asang makita courtesy of marcos, ver, abadilla, lacson, enrile etc… will these people finally get justice?  doubt it.

    pero ‘yong idadamay ang decision ng korte sa impeachment ni corona, ay kabobohanan in the first degreee….. nakakahawa pala pag bobo at retard ang presidente.  lacson will of course vote for impeachment.

  • Mario_Garcia

    Supreme Corruption yan, wala tayong magagawa. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    When Lacson was welcomed by Malacanang after years of hiding from the Dacer-Corbito murder case, the YELLOW ORANGUTANGS never lifted a finger to protest. And now that the SC decision favored Lacson, same YELLOW ORANGUTANGS are now all hauling in protest, cursing not just pinky but also corona who is just a single vote in the whole sc collegial body…. 



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